Jose Mourinho has embraced the presence of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, with some of the new manager’s gestures towards the Scot now revealed.
The shadow of former boss Ferguson, who won 13 Premier League titles in a reign spanning more than 26 years at Old Trafford, has loomed heavily over his predecessors, with David Moyes sacked after less than a season in charge and Louis van Gaal axed after two years.
Ferguson had been thought to be keeping himself out of the picture since his retirement despite taking on roles as a club director and ambassador. But Mourinho has sought to use Ferguson’s presence since he arrived at Old Trafford in May.
Mourinho said last month how he believed it was important that Ferguson’s experience should be used to help the club move forward, and that the former manager had been invited back to Carrington to watch the team train and to have lunch with his former adversary.
The Daily Telegraph now claim that Mourinho was more than happy to allow Ferguson to travel on the team coach to a recent away game and assured the Scot that he would be welcome to do so at anytime.
ESPN also say that Ferguson was left touched when Mourinho took time out from preparing his team to face Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve to seek out the ex-boss and to wish him happy birthday in front of guests in the directors box.
United came form behind that day to beat Boro 2-1 late on, with Mourinho inspiring an eight-match winning streak during which his side have won many plaudits for their attacking style.